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BEREA, Ohio - Unlike most Clevelanders, Brian Hoyer didnt jump up and down or cheer when he heard the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel. Hoyer shrugged and got ready to fight for his job. "It was almost a sense of relief when he was drafted," he said, "because I knew exactly right then and there what it was going to be." Its going to be a quarterback battle unlike anything Cleveland has seen before. Hoyer, the hometown kid and incumbent starter, and Manziel the college football superstar with the larger-than-life persona, catchy nickname and Heisman Trophy were on the field together Wednesday, the second day of organized team activities. With roughly 60 media members lining the fields and focused on the two QBs every move, Hoyer and Manziel went through passing drills and took turns behind centre in a competition expected to last several months. Afterward, Hoyer said he and Manziel are developing a "working relationship" and joked the pair are getting along splendidly. "I was thinking about sending him a birthday card," Hoyer quipped. Hoyer, though, understands what under first-year coach Mike Pettine meant about the quarterback competition being somewhat heated. "I totally get it," he said. "I dont think were in there not being friendly. But when youre gunning for the same job, there is a little bit of an edge to it." The Browns are expecting Manziel to challenge Hoyer, who is coming off right knee surgery. The team has made it clear that Hoyer is the starter and will remain so unless Manziel can beat him out. This is nothing new to Hoyer, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament last season. Hoyer has been battling for a job since he joined the NFL, only this time hes the one that others are gunning for. "It does feel different because as of right now Im the top guy, and before Ive always been coming from behind," Hoyer said. "My mentality has never really changed." Manziel did not speak to reporters after practice, but several Browns players were asked about their famous new teammate, the scrambling magician known as Johnny Football. The former Texas A&M star fell in the first round before Cleveland traded up to take him with the No. 22 overall pick. So far, Manziel has kept his head buried in his playbook. "Johnny has done a good job of being a rookie, keeping his mouth shut," Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas said. "Rookies are supposed to be seen and not heard, which is what hes done." Hoyer waited four seasons for his chance to start. After spending three years in New England as Tom Bradys backup, he made one start in Arizona before he bounced around and signed as a free agent with Cleveland last May. Hoyer was prepared for the Browns to draft a quarterback. He never expected to be handed anything, and not once did he consider asking for a trade. "No, never," he said. "I knew, even going back to last summer, that this was the place that I wanted to be, and it ended up working out and I got back here, and then I got a chance to play. This is my hometown. This is where my familys from. This is where I want to make a difference. Ill never shy away from competition, and its something I had prepared myself for." Hoyer and Manziel each had good moments during the nearly two-hour workout, which Pettine kept open to the media after limiting access for last weeks rookie minicamp. Hoyer, wearing a knee brace but moving without any problems, made the days best pass, completing a long touchdown to wide receiver Conner Vernon. Manziels final pass got batted down, but he showed some of the moves that made him a household name. Still, hes got work to do. "Its just like any other rookie, that hes just inconsistent," Pettine said. "A lot of its the mental part of it. Hes more worrying about getting the formation right, making sure the motions correct and hes got the cadence. Then hes got to worry about where guys are. Once all that stuff becomes second nature a little bit, hell be a lot more comfortable. "He flashed some things that made him kind of who he is, the ability to make plays on his feet." NOTES: Pro Bowl WR Josh Gordon practiced as he awaits a possible league suspension. Gordon declined comment. ... WR Miles Austin said he called former Browns QB Bernie Kosar to ask for permission to wear No. 19. "I never wanted to step on anyones toes," Austin said. "I thought it was the right thing to do." ... Pettine would not discuss injuries to several players, including starting DT Ahtyba Rubin, who was not on the field. ... OG Garrett Gilkey exchanged a few punches with rookie DT Calvin Barnett, whose helmet was ripped off during the fracas. Riccardo Montolivo Jersey .com) - Delon Wright made all 12 of his free throws and finished with 21 points and six assists as No. Marco Parolo Jersey . The 22-year-old Kreider was injured Friday night in New Yorks win at Columbus, but played in the next two games -- including Monday nights win over Phoenix. But the left winger, who has 17 goals and 37 points this season, was limited to about 10 minutes of ice time in each of the previous games. http://www.italysoccerauthority.com/simone-zaza-italy-jersey/. It certainly isnt a coincidence that Dwight Howard has scored at least 20 points in each game of the winning streak. Angelo Ogbonna Jersey . -- Conner Bleackley got it done in regulation time and in the shootout. Francesco Acerbi Jersey .Just like old times.Only this time, just one got to enjoy a victory.James return to Miami as an opponent was a success for the Heat, that is. Wade scored 24 of his 31 points in the first half, Luol Deng had 25 points and dogged James defensively all night, and the Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-91 in a hyped Christmas matchup Thursday.Mark Warburton wants to add two more players to his Rangers squad this summer, with a striker and a central defender his prime targets. The Ibrox boss has lost eight of last seasons Championship-winning pool and brought in a mix of youth and experience as he has recruited nine new faces.While Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar are expected to be mainstays of his new-look team, youngsters such as Joe Dodoo, Josh Windass and Jordan Rossiter are expected to contribute too. A number of rumours have circulated on social media this week ahead of Rangers first Premiership game next weekend at home to Hamilton, a game you can see live on Sky Sports.Warburton has dampened those by insisting the identity of his targets has not yet been discussed. Jordan Rossiter is one of the young players expected to impress at Ibrox this season He told the official Rangers website: We have a number of targets, none of which are on Twitter and none of which have been released.We would like another striking option and another defensive option in an ideal world but they have to be players who add value on and off the pitch and thats really strong.This will only happen if the players we want are available. We are working on it but its a decreasing talent pool. Frank McParland (Rangers head of recruitment) and his team are working tirelessly.One of those Rangers have been linked with is Fenerbahces former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.There was so much backing for the move with Sky Bet overnight that the bookmaker was forced to close the market on the Dutchman moving to Scotland.Warburton is adamant no attempt has been made to bring him in though and said: Ive woken up to a barrage of text messages and missed calls saying apparently the deal has been done.dddddddddddd Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie has been linked with Rangers but Mark Warburton has not moved for him Everyone knew about it apart from anyone at Rangers Football Club. I have never had so many text messages about a player. Ive no idea where this rumour has emanated from - out of our pay league is a fair comment.Hes an unbelievably talented player but theres absolutely nothing in it whatsoever. Im bemused to hear we are 2/1 on and bettings suspended.There is no truth in the story and there is no substance behind it. Theres not even been a general enquiry. Im sure someone is laughing somewhere.Of the players Rangers have signed, goalkeeper Matt Gilks, defender Matt Crooks, full-back Lee Hodson and QPR centre-half Clint Hill are also included in the group. Forward Joe Dodoo moved to Ibrox after leaving Leicester but Warburton wants one more striker The clubs budget has been limited and that has meant Warburton acting with more diligence than previous regimes at the Glasgow club.He said: It is about us doing our work and going about our business quietly and under the radar because if we get embroiled in a bidding war we will lose.The players who have come in have mixed in really well with the existing group, which is why I am so strong on character. Also See: Rangers video Rangers fixtures Rangers stats Sky Bet Club Get a £10 free bet! 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